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'How does George Elliot account for the changes that occur over the course of the novel in Silas Marner's character and his relationships with others?'

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H.Crawford Page 1 07/05/2007 English EW 'How does George Elliot account for the changes that occur over the course of the novel in Silas Marner's character and his relationships with others?' In order to answer this question we must first look at what changes do actually occur; firstly there is the main change in the book, which is the change that occurs in Silas Marner himself. This is the main theme of the book, and indeed, this change is divided into two parts; the Silas before Eppie arrives and the Silas after she has arrived. Furthermore this is the first and simple way that we can see that George Elliot has accounted for this change; she has divided the book into two parts according to the above change. Whilst this is the main change in the novel, there are many others, but the important difference to note is that they all revolve around the above change; take, for instance, the change that occurs in the Raveloe village itself; it changes as Silas does, for at first they thought that Silas was strange or even some kind of demon, but then as he changed and 'opened up' so they grew to accept him. ...read more.


Therefore there are three main changes in Silas' character, which occur in between each stage. These changes are taken into account generally by Elliot in the way she contrasts them and thereby changes the tension and suspense felt by the reader; for firstly the reader feels sorry for Silas when he is excommunicated but this feeling of sorrow is soon forgotten because although he lost something he has also gained something in the form of gold. But then, just when we think he is happy once more, his gold is stolen from him and we are sad for him once more, This feeling is heightened by the desperation we feel because the people of Raveloe are quite negative towards him and are not very helpful in trying to find his gold due to the fact they think he is some kind of demon, having seen his fit. But then he finds Eppie, just at the point where we think he has become a recluse, and this is where Elliot ties Eppie and the money together, by making Eppie's hair seem as if it were made of gold and for Silas to think that her hair is actually his gold returned to him. ...read more.


and everyone is happy...except the Casses; but while we feel slightly sorry for Godfrey and Nancy, Elliot's writing helps us to feel that he did somewhat deserve what he got and furthermore, at the end of the book her writing helps draw our attention away from Godfrey and towards Silas and therefore happiness. The final way in which Elliot accounts for the changes that occur in the novel, is the way in which she ties all the endings together in the final part of the book; for throughout the novel there are so many separate dramas and stories between characters that the novel is much like a soap or a drama. But where it differs from a drama is in the ending, because she manages to get all these interlocking dramas and tie them all together to give an ending which we all are pleased with and are therefore satisfied with the novel in general. Therefore, to conclude, I would say that the ways in which George Elliot accounts for the changes throughout the novel are effective in creating a story which is interesting and above all satisfying to the reader. ...read more.

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